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Will the Post 9/11 GI Bill Pay for Courses Retroactively?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Hi, I was awarded 12 months of benefits under the New GI Bill last week. But I took classes during the spring using no MGIB benefits. Will I be able to apply some of those months retroactively? Thanks!

A: Yes you should be able to apply some of those months retroactively. Under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, benefits can be back-dated up to one year back providing you were eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the time you took the classes, which I imagine you probably were.

But with spring approaching, I would not delay in sending in your paperwork as once you are past the one-year mark, you would not be able to claim any benefits for that term. Give the VA about 8 weeks to process your claim and you should see some money.

Comments  (2)

My daughter who is a junior in college is awaiting the transfer of her fathers benefits to her. He retired from fulltime guard duty 1 Nov 2011. Will any of the benefits be retroactive for her 2011-2012 school year once all the paper work is completed and approved?

posted by Laura Kozlowski
6:06 pm on January 2, 2012

It depends on when the transfer of benefits was approved. Most likely nothing would be retroactive before her approval date. You can’t get something you don’t have yet.

posted by Ron Kness
9:04 am on January 8, 2012
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